Franchised to 2018

This week, the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi completed its franchising forms and will again be recognized as an official alumni chapter for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. For a summary of what the alumni chapter accomplished in the past year and where it currently stands, please find the PDF of the 2016-2017 Annual Report uploaded the “Docs” tab of this weblog.

Check out the “Officers” tab of the weblog to connect with the newly elected leadership of the chapter. Many of the officers were reelected to their positions at the annual meeting June 15, and 1 of the officers is new to her post.

Check out the “Calendar” tab of the weblog to see what is coming up. On the FB Group there are 3 new events that have been created for a few of the chapter’s summer events.

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Summer Events Planned at Annual Meeting

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its annual meeting June 15. Much business was conducted at the Legends American Grill downtown. But much socializing and enjoyment also occured over beers and food. Officers for the coming fiscal year were elected, chapter operations and goals were discussed, and much debate was had regarding legislation to be voted on at the upcoming Grand Chapter Congress.

Several Summer events were planned around central Iowa. Be sure to check the calendar page of this weblog for info on these events as well as links to Facebook events.

Annual Meeting Announced: Thursday, June 15

Just announced: The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi will hold its annual meeting
Thursday, June 15 at the Legends American Grill in Downtown Des Moines (216 Court Ave. 50309)
See FB event
Brothers are welcome to be social between 5:30 and 6 pm. Then at 6 pm the business portion of the evening will commence.
Business will include: collecting dues ($10 for the year earns each brother the privilege to vote on all chapter business), electing officers, electing delegates to August’s Grand Chapter Congress, approving reimbursements from our chapter funds, organizing for the next fiscal year (including franchising details), brainstorming ideas for future events, and more.
This event won’t be all business, there will be fun and socialization too. It’s a great opportunity for brothers who have not been active with the chapter recently to see what’s been going on and learn about getting involved in the future.

Also note there is a community service opportunity Wednesday, June 14. Brothers from the alumni chapter are getting together to volunteer at Zoo Brew.
If interested: go to this website https://signup.com/, make a profile, search for the event, sign up.
More info on the FB group

Sushi, DSMUSA, Drake’s impact on central Iowa

The Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi held its monthly happy Hour Wednesday May 17 at Sakari on Ingersoll.

Attendance was slightly higher than average with 9 alumni brothers from around central Iowa attending the social event. There was much discussion about what is the best sushi, how to order sushi, how to eat sushi, and ‘what is dynamite shrimp?’ The answer may still be unknown but it is really good! It was a fun time with discussion of summer travel plans, recent injuries, future alumni chapter event ideas, and company re-branding.

3 alumni chapter members, who all happen to be women, and their names each start with the letter “J” have birthdays within a week of each other. So we were lucky enough to have some great cake at the happy hour. An excellent time was had by all in attendance.

Stay tuned for info on the June annual meeting.

Drake University made news last week, releasing information on the school’s economic impact on central Iowa. Many of the stats were impressive including:
Drake’s status as a “brain gain” institution—a net importer of students and skilled employees—boosts the regional economy by more than $2 billion.
Drake supports 3,369 jobs and $187.5 million in workers’ earnings annually through its day-to-day operations, construction projects, and spending by students and visitors.
The University’s broad range of academic, recruitment, and athletic programming attracts thousands of out-of-town visitors who spend $14.9 million and directly or indirectly contribute to $26.7 million in economic output for the region.

Replacing the seizedesmoines.com website and the CarpeDM slogan, The Greater Des Moines Partnership is pleased to share a new regional identifier: DSM USA. DSM USA is a bold statement to the world: This is a welcoming, diverse and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. This regional identifier is the result of significant quantitative and qualitative research, and its launch coincides with the launch a new website to market the Greater Des Moines (DSM): DSMpartnership.com.

Alum reunite for Relays 2017

During the running of the Drake Relays, the Drake chapter of Delta Sigma Pi hosted their alumni picnic Saturday, April 28.

It was a rainy, cool weekend, so luckily the chapter reserved the game room inside the Drake West Village student housing complex. This room featured a TV showing the Drake Relays, Foosball, Shuffleboard, and Pool tables, the tasty picnic food, and the excellent brotherhood shared between collegiates and alumni. About 6 alumni attended the picnic, several traveling from out-of-state to be there.

And brothers can get together again next week (perhaps not the out-of-state people). The May happy hour will be Wednesday, May 17. Note that Wednesday is the day of the happy hour, it’s not a typo. See the calendar page of this weblog and FB for more details.
The happy hour will be at Sakari Sushi Lounge on Ingersoll. From their website: “SAKARI HAS AN EXCELLENT SELECTION OF SUSHI ROLLS AND FEATURES A VARIETY OF JAPANESE CUISINE FOR BOTH LUNCH AND DINNER. CHECK OUT OUR MENU. END YOUR BUSY WORK DAY WITH SAKARI’S HAPPY HOUR FROM 5-7 MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, FEATURING $4.50 HOUSE ROLLS, $2.50 KIRIN DRAFTS, DOMESTIC BOTTLED BEER AND SAKE BOMBS. START WITH ONE OF THEIR GREAT APPETIZERS AND LET SAKARI SHOW YOU WHY THEY ARE THE BEST SUSHI BAR IN THE METRO. SAKARI IS LOCATED AT 2605 INGERSOLL AVENUE.”

Multiple Alumni Opportunities

Save the date for Tuesday April 25.

National alumni day is a great time to participate in the 4.25 drive.

Also check out the calendar page of this weblog to find updates on the events coming up Friday April 28 and Saturday April 29.

Last week was the April happy hour hosted by the Des Moines – Central Iowa Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi.

The event was held at the newly-opened 2nd location of Peace Tree Brewing. This taproom in the East Village was fun and had good brews available for sale. Sour beers are brewed here, but none of the alumni brothers in attendance went for the sour beers. A fun time was had by all in attendance.

Drake University Chapter to host Alumni Picnic

As part of the Drake Relays events on campus, the Alpha Iota Chapter at Drake University will be hosting its annual Alumni Picnic. All area alumni are welcome to attend this event.
It will be held Saturday, April 29 from 2 – 4 pm in the courtyard of the Drake West Village apartments (student housing).